Finding Your Platform Roundtable
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 6:30 pm | Uncle Billy’s Brewery
Join us at Uncle Billy’s Brewery for a casual and informative Roundtable workshop covering all-things filmmaking! In the spirit of AFF’s popular Roundtable sessions during our Writers Conference, this event will offer exclusive and intimate access to local filmmakers, producers, distributors, and industry insiders with knowledge and experience to share. Visit different tables during the event and get one-on-one access to our esteemed guests. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific questions about the creative and business aspects of filmmaking. “Find Your Platform” at this roundtable session – featuring guests who can give advice on creating VR, Episodic Content, Playwriting, Sketch, Animation and more!
Stop by as early as 6:30 to connect with other up-and-coming Austin filmmakers in a casual environment. Whether you’re currently working on a project or are just curious about taking that first step as a filmmaker, take advantage of this invaluable experience to network and learn.
Meet the Panelists
Linnea Toney - Digital Media
Linnea is a Talent Manager and Executive Producer with projects spanning digital and traditional media including this year’s I HART FOOD which can be seen on the Food Network. Previously, Linnea worked at Ryan Seacrest Productions, developing comedy and drama projects such as ABC’s Mixology and NBC’s Shades of Blue. She began her career at the Austin Film Festival as the conference director.
Steve Mims – Short and Feature Films
Clio™ Award winning commercial director and independent filmmaker Steve Mims’ work has screened internationally in festivals, theatrically and on television. His 2016 New York Times “Critic’s Pick” STARVING THE BEAST documented the systematic defunding and radical reform of public universities across America. The Los Angeles Times: called it “…a jolt of chilling clarity.” Variety: “polished and provocative.” The Village Voice: “Alarming…a strong narrative with compelling cinematography.” 93% Fresh, Rotten Tomatoes(RT) His documentary INCENDIARY: THE WILLINGHAM CASE (2011) [co-directed by Joe Bailey, Jr.] won the 2011 SXSW Louis Black Award, the 2012 Innocence Network Journalism Award and the 2013 Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Media Award. Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post called INCENDIARY: “Nonfiction filmmaking at its most classic. Crime, punishment, morality and hardball politics make for an explosive mix all their own.” (83% Fresh, RT) Variety’s Justin Chang wrote of his feature length narrative comedy ARLO & JULIE (2015): “…this comic mystery is a low-key, low-budget charmer.” (100% Fresh, RT) His 2016 viral political ad ELECT GERALD PLEASE was viewed 9 million times and won 11 local, national and international awards including a Lone Star EMMY® Award.
Carrye Glazar –Animation, Originals, VFX
As a native Texan who recently relocated back to Austin, Carrye has worked for over a decade in content development and production at various companies. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with her Radio-TV-Film degree and a minor in Business Foundations, she worked as a production assistant for Lynda Obst on “Someone Like You” and then with Benderspink in management and production. From there, she worked her way from assistant to Vice President of Development and Production at Everyman Pictures, Jay Roach’s production shingle based in Los Angeles. There she co-managed a film and television slate of 20+ projects for the company. Some projects include: “Meet The Little Fockers” (Universal), “Borat” (Fox), “Bruno” (Universal), “Dinner For Schmucks” (Paramount), and “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” (Disney). On the television side, she co-produced the Emmy Award-winning political docu-drama “Game Change” with HBO. Most recently, she joined Mighty Coconut, an Austin based animation company, where she runs the studio’s original content/development division and served as an executive producer on YouTube Red’s premium animated series, “Kings of Atlantis” which debuted in April 2017.
Pat Hazell – Playwriting and Producing
Showtime declared Pat Hazell one of the five funniest people in America. His 30 years of experience as a writer, producer and director have made him a go-to guy for new American theater.
Pat is one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld, a veteran of The Tonight Show, a critically acclaimed playwright and a contributing commentator to National Public Radio. He is recognized for his genuinely funny Americana humor and his salute to nostalgia.
As a playwright, Pat’s first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, was optioned by Columbia Pictures, then gained the attention of the TV industry and was filmed as the sitcom, American Pie, for NBC.
Hazell’s signature work, The Wonder Bread Years, a grand salute to the baby-boomer generation, aired on PBS where they referred to Hazell as “America’s foremost pop culture anthropologist.” Currently, the live theatrical tour of The Wonder Bread Years is enjoying success across the US.
As the Chief Creative Officer of Sweetwood Creative, he is responsible for the national tours of four original productions: Bunk Bed Brothers, The Wonder Bread Years, The Good Humor Men and A Kodachrome Christmas. Pat is currently in development on a musical adaptation of his original play, Grounded For Life. However, his greatest accomplishment is being the father of two of the brightest shining stars in the universe, Tucker and Keaton.
Fabienne Harford – Fiction Podcasts
Fabienne (Fabs) Harford has worked in talent management, coaching & personal development and management in a wide range of industries. Over the course of her career, she has worked as Managing Director of the Austin Film Festival, in management for Digital Influencers, and has worked as a blogger and speaker. She was previously the director of the Fiction Podcast competition with the Austin Film Festival. She earned a B.A in English and Related Literature from the University of York in England and her MSc in Cultural and Global Perspectives in Mental Healthcare from Queen Mary, University of London.
Jeffrey Brown – Documentaries
Jeffrey Brown has produced a number of award-winning narrative features and feature documentaries in Europe, Africa and the USA, playing international festivals such as Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, New York FF, Edinburgh, Durban and being released in cinemas internationally as well as on Netflix, HBO, Showtime, PBS, ESPN, AMC, Sundance Global, Sky TV and others. He is Co-Producer of “No No: A Dockumentary” on African American baseball pitcher Dock Ellis’s legendary no-hitter which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He recently finished the feature doc “Through The Repellent Fence” on the Native American art collective PostCommodity as they strive to construct a two-mile long outdoor artwork that straddles the U.S. – Mexico border – having played, among others, SXSW 2017 and set for PBS broadcast and wider digital release in April 2018. Other recent documentaries include the music documentary “Punk in Africa” on the continent’s multi-racial punk movement, the feature doc “Pirating Pirates” on Somali pirates and the feature doc “Yallah! Underground” on the emerging cultural scene in the Middle East. Overall, he has produced 25 films, screened in over 100 festivals and 50 countries. Brown also consults on numerous film projects and regularly conducts Documentary Master Classes around the globe. Having produced films internationally, he has extensive experience with foreign markets.
B.B. Araya - Digital Series
B.B. Araya is an Austin based filmmaker whose work explores humanity through the lens of women of the African diaspora. Upon moving to Austin, she interned for Academy Award-nominated director, Richard Linklater. Her short film series, We Are, was picked up for distribution by Issa Rae Productions and is streaming in its entirety on YouTube.com/IssaRae. Her work has screened at SXSW, in NYC, and in the UK. More at bbaraya.com.
Derek Gildersleeve and Willie Rockefeller – VR
Derek is a director, producer, motion graphics artist, and co-owner of Originator Studios. He has been directing and producing television commercials, films and corporate projects for over a decade.
Derek is passionate about documentary, graphics design, photography and virtual reality, and loves to experiment with the mixture of mediums in the pursuit of visual storytelling. He has been referred to often by his friends as “the funniest person he knows”.
Derek holds a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin where he continues to visit on occasion to feel old.
Willie Rockefeller co-owns the second half of Originator Studios. He is a writer, director, and producer of video and virtual reality content. Willie graduated from the University of Texas School of Film in 2009 and enjoys blending the lines of commercial and creative media.
Willie is a big fan of comedy and making people laugh. He enjoys seeing clients’ reaction to their idea coming to life.